Head Quarters New Windsor Febry 2d 1781
I have been favored with your Letters of the 30th of January and 1st Instant.
You will be pleased to observe that Colonel Cranes Regiment is not to be included in the present distribution of Cloathing in the Massachusetts Returns,;because this Regt has already drawn a proportion of Cloathing with the Corps of Artillery — and the second dividend is to be made upon the same principles.The Return called for, I wish may be forwarded as soon as possible.
I am surprised you did not learn from Genl Howe the cause of the detention of Col. Scammell’s Detachment—as the Order was communicated thro him.
It will certainly be adviseable to innoculate such of the Troops, as have not had the Small Pox under proper restrictions. Doctr Cochran will wait on you, respecting this matter tomorrow. I am Dear Sir With great regard & esteem Your Most Obed. Servt
P.S. I am this moment informed by a Letter from Genl Lincoln that the Assembly of Massachusetts have ordered 1500 Coats to be immediately purchased for their Troops in Camp.
MHi: Heath Papers.